I’ve started reading 100 Bullets. Here’s the conceit. Take a person who has been wronged, significantly wronged, and have a guy show up with a gun, 100 bullets, and a story about how these bullets are untraceable and any law enforcement investigation will cease when any one of these cases is found. When I began the first story, I thought it’d be a vaguely Punisher-esque story of a young woman given a gun with 100 bullets and we’d follow the story of how she’d fire each of those bullets. As it turns out, it’s not. It’s a series of unrelated stories (except for the guy showing up with the gun, 100 bullets, and the story) of what different people would do if given the license to kill their enemies.
You know what story I was reminded of? The Box. In that short story, I’m sure you remember, people are offered a chance to press a button. If they press the button, someone they don’t know will die… but they’ll immediately get a huge amount of money. Would you press the button?
The movie wasn’t as good as, say, the Twilight Zone episode but… hey. What can you do?
Anyway, 100 Bullets takes the moral question asked by The Box and tells the multitude of stories you could tell about people who have been wronged who have been told that, hey, you can kill those who wronged you. Would you do it if you could get away with it?
As for Person of Interest: Season 1, Maribou and I started watching this last night and it’s got a similarly chewy conceit: there was a system built following 9/11 that looked out in the sea of data and cameras and emails and phone calls and would flag every potential terrorist attack out there.
Of course, “terrorist attack” is notoriously difficult to define and so the system spat out pretty much every pre-meditated murder, kidnapping, mugging, and what have you. The system then had to be taught to differentiate between “relevant” data and “irrelevant” data. The “relevant” data was stopped (of course it was) by the FBI/NSA/CIA and whatnot. The irrelevant data? Well, that is the data that has been eating at the conscience of one half of the protagonist team (the guy who built it). The other half of the protagonist team is an ex-special Navy berets ninja played by the guy who played Jesus in Passion of the Christ. Together THEY FIGHT CRIME!
The show itself reminds me of a mix of Batman, The A-Team (seriously, the opening monologue was written by someone told “you should listen to The A-Team’s opening and do something like that), and Burn Notice. Now, we’re not *THAT* deep into the show just yet… but, so far, we’re having a blast watching it.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
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